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India considers raising legal age to 25

India considers raising legal age to 25

| August 26, 2014

India’s national government is considering raising the legal age for tobacco use from18 to 25, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The Minister of Health, Harsh Vardhan, constituted a committee last month to suggest changes to the country’s Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003, and the […]

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Spain’s sales almost halved in five years

Spain’s sales almost halved in five years

| August 26, 2014

Cigarette sales have dropped dramatically in Spain during the past five years, according to an El Pais story quoting Finance Ministry and cigarette industry figures. More than 90 billion cigarettes were sold legally in Spain half a decade ago, but last year those sales were down to 47.5 billion, a drop of 47 percent. The […]

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Another tobacco trade surplus likely

Another tobacco trade surplus likely

| August 26, 2014

South Korea has recorded a tobacco-trade surplus every year since 2004, and that surplus looks set to increase this year, according to a story by The Hankyoreh Media Co. This is despite the fact that the value of tobacco imports increased by about 59 percent from US$249 million during 2003 to US$395 million last year. […]

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ITC jumps aboard vapor train

ITC jumps aboard vapor train

| August 21, 2014

The diversified ITC group has forayed into electronic cigarettes to offset shrinking sales of its conventional tobacco cigarettes due to recurrent price increases. The Kolkata-headquartered cigarettes to hotels group has launched two vaping devices, or e-cigarettes, under the Eon brand. The products have been designed in-house but are being manufactured in China, according to The […]

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Zippo granted ‘blu’ name in Germany

Zippo granted ‘blu’ name in Germany

| August 20, 2014

Zippo Manufacturing Company (ZMC), announced that it has been granted a preliminary injunction in Germany against Cygnet UK Trading Ltd., a Lorillard subsidiary, preventing Cygnet from using the “blu” brand name for e-cigarettes sold in that country. The Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main agreed with ZMC that the “blu” e-cigarette brand creates a likelihood […]

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Imperial sales see small decline

Imperial sales see small decline

| August 19, 2014

Imperial Tobacco Group reported a small decline in nine-month revenue on Aug. 18 and said it was on course to complete its acquisition of a pack of U.S. cigarette brands from Reynolds American and Lorillard, according to CBS News. Imperial, maker of JPS and Gauloises, said sales fell 1 percent to GBP4.75 billion ($7.95 billion) in the nine months […]

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Tobacco to take to the sky

Tobacco to take to the sky

| August 18, 2014

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG have announced they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant, according to a story in the Nigerian Tribune. This initiative broadens cooperation between Boeing and SAA to develop renewable jet fuel in ways that support South Africa’s goals for public health […]

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Warnings have graphic effect on market

Warnings have graphic effect on market

| August 15, 2014

Graphic health warnings that were applied to cigarette packs from June are already starting to take their toll on sales in Indonesia, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Muhammad Guntur, the owner of the Janur Kuning cigarette factory in Kudus, Central Java, was quoted as saying that his cigarette sales had fallen by […]

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Ireland under pressure on plain packs

Ireland under pressure on plain packs

| August 15, 2014

Associations representing German advertisers and brand owners have written to the Irish ambassador in Berlin saying plans for standardized tobacco packaging would, if implemented, have ‘devastating’ economic implications for Irish companies, according to a story by Juno McEnroe for the Irish Examiner. The associations have warned also that the tobacco market would be ‘swamped’ with […]

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JT presents domestic July sales figures, restates some May and June figures

JT presents domestic July sales figures, restates some May and June figures

| August 15, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during July, at 10.0 billion, was down by 4.4 percent on that of July 2013, 10.5 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The July 2013 figure was increased by 3.3 percent on that of July 2012. Volume during January-July 2014, at 65.1 billion, was […]

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E-cigarettes just got even healthier!

E-cigarettes just got even healthier!

| August 15, 2014

Having seen in Brooklyn, New York, a retail truck offering ‘VitaCigs’, the managing editor at Motherboard, Meghan Neal, is wondering whether in the future people will be smoking – or vaping – their medicine. It’s a fair question because VitaCigs are apparently disposable, flavored electronic cigarettes with vitamins but with no nicotine. ‘The novel e-cig […]

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EU shifted TPD policy significantly after tobacco industry lobbying

EU shifted TPD policy significantly after tobacco industry lobbying

| August 14, 2014

Tobacco industry lobbyists were successful in influencing some aspects of the EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), according to research carried out by the University of Oxford, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and the University of Bath. The TPD, which governs the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the member states concerning […]

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Andhra Pradesh’s crop target unchanged

Andhra Pradesh’s crop target unchanged

| August 14, 2014

The Tobacco Board of India has fixed Andhra Pradesh’s 2014-15 flue-cured tobacco crop target at 172 million kg, which is unchanged from that of the previous season, according to a story published in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The new crop size was set despite calls by merchants for the target […]

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LOGIC is first in US convenience stores

LOGIC is first in US convenience stores

| August 14, 2014

LOGIC Technology has captured the number one position for volume sales of electronic cigarettes in US-wide convenience stores, according to a company press note citing Nielsen’s C-Track Database. At the same time, the company has maintained its ‘strong hold’ on the number two position based on the value of sales across the US. LOGIC currently […]

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PMI ready to sue UK over plain packaging

PMI ready to sue UK over plain packaging

| August 13, 2014

Philip Morris International is prepared to sue the UK government should it implement a law requiring cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs, according to a Reuters story. Last week the government completed its second public consultation on standardized packaging; the first having been conducted during 2012. Reuters said that in its response to the […]

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Ontario urged to ban vaping in public

Ontario urged to ban vaping in public

| August 13, 2014

A report by health officials in Toronto, Canada, will recommend that Ontario should ban electronic cigarette use wherever tobacco smoking is currently banned, according to a story by Don Peat for the Toronto Sun. The report is due to be presented to the Board of Health on Monday. The health officials want to ban also […]

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Concerns over Gibraltar/Spain smuggling

Concerns over Gibraltar/Spain smuggling

| August 13, 2014

The EU is calling on Spain and Gibraltar to crack down on tobacco smuggling across their common border, citing concerns about the involvement of organized crime, according to a story by Ashifa Kassam for The Guardian. Cigarette imports into Gibraltar are said to have tripled between 2006 and 2011, and one Spanish government official was […]

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Vascular specialists turn smokers away

Vascular specialists turn smokers away

| August 12, 2014

Consultants at a hospital in Scotland have said they will refuse to accept general practitioner (GP) referrals of patients who smoke, according to a story by Christina Kenny for Pulse. The hospital, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (ERI), which is part of NHS (National Health Service) Lothian, says that medical intervention for vascular disease could be avoided […]

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US e-cigarette firm moving into Canada

US e-cigarette firm moving into Canada

| August 12, 2014

The US-based electronic cigarette company LOGIC Technology said yesterday that it was expanding into the Canadian market through a partnership with Hilary’s Salesmaster. Under the partnership agreement, LOGIC’s electronic cigarettes will be made available at more than 30,000 accounts operated by the distributor nationwide in Canada. LOGIC’s products include both disposable and rechargeable versions and […]

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Saudi tobacco imports increasing solidly

Saudi tobacco imports increasing solidly

| August 12, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s tobacco products imports have increased consistently during each of the past four years, according to an Arab News story citing local media reports based on ‘recent data’. The country was said to have imported tobacco products worth SR2.6 billion during 2010, a figure that rose by 15 per cent to SR3.0 billion during […]

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New evidence shows plain packaging has not achieved Australia’s health goals

New evidence shows plain packaging has not achieved Australia’s health goals

| August 11, 2014

British American Tobacco says there is no credible evidence that standardized tobacco packaging will reduce smoking. In a press note posted on its website, the company said that even Sir Cyril Chantler’s own review for the UK Department of Health admitted the evidence that standardized packaging could improve public health was ‘modest and had its […]

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100,000 petition against plain packaging

100,000 petition against plain packaging

| August 11, 2014

A petition against standardized tobacco packaging in the UK has attracted more than 100,000 signatures, and more than 50,000 people have written personally to the Prime Minister opposing the initiative, according to a press note from the smokers’ group Forest. Standardised packaging has been the subject of a final six-week consultation that closed on Thursday. […]

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Growers left to the mercy of merchants

Growers left to the mercy of merchants

| August 11, 2014

Tobacco growers in Sumenep regency, East Java, are asking the local government to regulate the purchase price of tobacco in a bid to avoid what they described as ‘huge, protracted’ losses, according to an en.tempo.co story. “We are entering harvest time, yet there is still no word on the tobacco price range,” the chairman of […]

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Lower tobacco volumes and lower prices hit Universal’s revenues in first quarter

Lower tobacco volumes and lower prices hit Universal’s revenues in first quarter

| August 8, 2014

Universal Corp.’s net income during the first quarter to the end of June was $0.7 million, down from $58.3 million during the first quarter of last year. Net income during the first quarter of last year included a gain of $81.6 million before tax ($53.1 million after tax) resulting from a favorable outcome of litigation […]

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Russia’s smoking population tumbles

Russia’s smoking population tumbles

| August 8, 2014

The percentage of smokers within Russia’s population has dropped by six percentage points since the country adopted a stringent package of anti-tobacco regulations last year, according to a story in The Moscow Times citing a new poll. The RussianPublicOpinionResearchCenter, which is a state-owned pollster, said on Wednesday that the percentage of smokers in the country […]

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